Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Missouri does this very well. Families love the Show Me State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.
But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.
These are the places in Missouri that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.
After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Missouri for 2019.
So where is the most expensive place to live in Missouri? That would be University City.
So hopefully Bonne Terre (the cheapest place to live in Missouri) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.
And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about Missouri and the most expensive cities in the country:
The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Missouri For 2019
University City is an inner-ring suburb of the city of St. Louis in St. Louis County, in the U.S. state of Missouri. The population was 35,371 in 2010 census.
The median income in University City comes in at $57,546 and the median home value is $238,500 for 2019.
Columbia is a city in the U.S. state of Missouri and the county seat of Boone County. Founded in 1821, it is home to the University of Missouri and is the principal city of the Columbia metropolitan area. It is Missouri’s fourth most-populous city, with an estimated 120,612 residents in 2016. As a Midwestern college town, the city has a reputation for progressive politics, persuasive journalism, and public art. The tripartite establishment of Stephens College, the University of Missouri, and Columbia College, which surround the city’s central business district to the east, south, and north, has made Columbia a center of learning. At the center of Downtown is 8th Street, also known as the Avenue of the Columns, which connects Francis Quadrangle and Jesse Hall to the Boone County Courthouse and the City Hall. Never a major center of manufacturing, the city also depends on healthcare, insurance, and technology businesses. Companies such as Shelter Insurance, Carfax, and Slackers CDs and Games, were founded in the city. Cultural institutions include the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Museum of Art and Archaeology, and the annual True/False Film Festival. The Missouri Tigers, the state’s only major college athletic program, play football at Faurot Field and basketball at Mizzou Arena as members of the Southeastern Conference.
The median income in Columbia comes in at $47,236 and the median home value is $185,300 for 2019.
The median income in St. Robert comes in at $50,252 and the median home value is $186,700 for 2019.
Branson is a city in Stone and Taney counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. Most of the city is in Taney County, with a small portion in the west extending into Stone County. Branson is in the Ozark Mountains. The community was named after Reuben Branson, postmaster and operator of a general store in the area in the 1880s. The population was 10,520 at the 2010 census.
The median income in Branson comes in at $40,738 and the median home value is $156,600 for 2019.
Sunset Hills is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 8,496 at the 2010 census.
The median income in Sunset Hills comes in at $101,058 and the median home value is $365,800 for 2019.
Maryville is a city and county seat of Nodaway County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,972. Maryville is home to Northwest Missouri State University, Northwest Technical School, and the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing.
The median income in Maryville comes in at $31,464 and the median home value is $131,700 for 2019.
Rolla is a city in and the county seat of Phelps County, Missouri, United States. The population in the 2010 United States Census was 19,559. Rolla is located approximately midway between St. Louis and Springfield along I-44. The Rolla, Mo Micropolitan Statistical area consists of Phelps County, Missouri.
The median income in Rolla comes in at $33,046 and the median home value is $127,800 for 2019.
Ellisville is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 9,133 at the 2010 census.
The median income in Ellisville comes in at $67,198 and the median home value is $230,800 for 2019.
Warrensburg is a city in Johnson County, Missouri, United States. The population was 18,838 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Johnson County. The Warrensburg Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of Johnson County. It is home to the University of Central Missouri.
The median income in Warrensburg comes in at $40,483 and the median home value is $150,800 for 2019.
Weldon Spring is a city in St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,443 at the 2010 census. It was the location of the largest World War 2 explosives plant and later a uranium refining faculty.
The median income in Weldon Spring comes in at $103,140 and the median home value is $350,500 for 2019.
How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Show Me State For 2019
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:
- How much do money do I make?
- How much do I have spend to live there?
You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.
For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.
With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:
- Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
- Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
- Median Home Price
We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).
You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in Missouri to figure out which is the most expensive.
What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.
So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 129 places in Missouri that have more than 5,000 people.
The place with the highest cost of living in Missouri according to the data is University City.
Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Missouri For 2019
Well there you have it, the places in Missouri that have the highest cost of living, with University City ranking as the most expensive city in the Show Me State.
Here’s a look at the most affordable cities in Missouri according to the data:
- Bonne Terre
- Park Hills
- St. Ann
For more Missouri reading, check out:
- 10 Safest Places In Missouri
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Missouri
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Missouri
Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Missouri
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